Exhibit at the Modern Honolulu Honors a Century of Film in Hawaii

Posted on Oct 7, 2013 in News

For Immediate Release: October 7, 2013
A Century of Film in Hawaii
HONOLULU—The Hawaii Film Office is marking the 100th anniversary of film production in the Hawaiian Islands with an Exhibit at The Study of The Modern Honolulu, Wednesday, October 9, 5-6 pm. The Exhibit—which will showcase the hundreds of films that have shot in Hawaii since 1913 through film posters, still photographs and movie memorabilia—will run at The Modern through Oct. 20 in conjunction with the 33rd Hawaii International Film Festival.

“We’re proud to partner with HIFF, The Modern Honolulu and the Hawaii State Library to bring this exhibit to the community,” says Donne Dawson, state film commissioner. “People the world over have come to know Hawaii through the past century of films and TV shows that have been created across our island chain. Visitors have flocked to our shores for decades and continue to do so in record numbers to experience the Hawaii they have learned about on television and the big screen.”

Established in 1978 as the central point of contact for all film production throughout Islands, the Hawaii Film Office has directly supported more than 130 feature film productions, 160 television shows, and hundreds of national commercials that have collectively spent more than $3 billion in direct expenditures and pumped more than $4.5 billion through our state’s economy.

Among the most notable productions supported by the Hawaii Film Office are big budget features such as Raiders of the Lost Ark; Jurassic Park; Pirates of the Caribbean; Water World; Godzilla; Pearl Harbor; and hit shows such as Magnum P.I. ; the original and new Hawaii Five-0; and LOST.

The first feature films that were shot in Hawaii in 1913 were small Universal Pictures productions called The Shark God and Hawaiian Love. Hawaii’s beloved Queen Liliuokalani was still alive and living out her final years at Washington Place when these first films were made.

The Hawaii Film Office along with the county film offices on Maui, Kauai, Oahu and Hawaii Island, support production throughout the state. Together as the Film Offices of the Hawaiian Islands, the group markets Hawaii globally as one of the world’s best filming destinations.

In addition to managing the Hawaii Film Studio at Diamond Head, the Hawaii Film Office manages the industry’s only refundable production tax credit, which since its inception in 2006 has generated more than $1.6 billion in estimated economic activity throughout the state. The Hawaii Film Office administers the Film Industry Permit Application Center the only centralized film permitting system of its kind in the country, and process more than 1,500 state film permits annually.

The Hawaii Film Office just launched a 24/7 ePermitting system for the state’s open and accessible sites on every island. For more information about ePermits and all things film in Hawaii, go to hawaiifilmoffice.com.

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Dave Young, DBEDT Research & Economic Analysis Division
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